NCARB Proposes IDP Credit Beyond Six-Month Reporting Deadline

10 March 2014

San Antonio, TX—A modification to the reporting requirement known as the "six-month reporting rule" for credit in the Internship Development Program (IDP) is being proposed by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). NCARB President Blake Dunn announced the potential change in his remarks at the NCARB Regional Summit, attended by members and executives from 53 of the 54 jurisdictional licensing boards throughout the United States. The NCARB Board subsequently voted on Sunday to propose an adjustment to the IDP reporting requirements, relative to the so-called six-month rule, after a 90-day comment period from its Member Boards. The adjustment would become effective not later than 1 January 2015. The Board would have to formally adopt the change at its meeting preceding its June Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. This latest adjustment to the IDP by the NCARB Board comes after earlier Board discussions regarding IDP simplification efforts and hearing input from the NCARB Intern Think Tank. Dunn indicated that more simplification steps will be addressed this spring and unveiled at the NCARB Annual Meeting.

The specific adjustment would, for the first time, allow credit for intern experience that occurred up to five years beyond the current reporting requirements. Credit for experience beyond the reporting period would be valued at 50 percent for up to five years, after which any experience would be ineligible for credit. Dunn said, "This adjustment creates a parallel with our five-year rolling clock for honoring examination results, emphasizing a consistent position that activity along the licensure path holds its value for five years." He added that by preserving a 100 percent value for experience earned and reported within the reporting period, IDP participants will continue to be incentivized to comply with the reporting rule.

July 1 of this year marks the five-year anniversary of the establishment of the reporting rule. Improvements to IDP reporting ranging from online and mobile app tools to acceptance of academic credit as eligible for IDP credit have minimized, over time, the frequency of "missed deadline" complaints according to Dunn. He said, "Other changes to IDP, including elimination of minimum duration requirements and simplification of eligiblity to a high school diploma, are based on a belief that 'experience is experience.’ After five years it is appropriate to take stock of what is working and make adjustments to recognize the value of experience in the path to licensure."

The NCARB Board will review comments from its Member Boards over the next 90 days, and place a formal vote on the change onto its June pre-Annual Meeting agenda. To read the proposed amendment to the reporting rule, click here.


The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ membership is made up of the architectural registration boards of all 50 states as well as those of the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NCARB assists its member registration boards in carrying out their duties and provides a certification program for individual architects.

NCARB protects the public health, safety, and welfare by leading the regulation of the practice of architecture through the development and application of standards for licensure and credentialing of architects. In order to achieve these goals, the Council develops and recommends standards to be required of an applicant for architectural registration; develops and recommends standards regulating the practice of architecture; provides to Member Boards a process for certifying the qualifications of an architect for registration; and represents the interests of Member Boards before public and private agencies. NCARB has established reciprocal registration for architects in the United States and Canada.